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making news in america this morning, late night rant. donald trump going off on twitter about his latest feud with hillary clinton. and that sexually derogatory term blaming the media as other candidates break their silence on the comment. we're live in washington. wild weather. on one of the busiest travel days of the year. heavy rain moving through the south. plus summerlike storms shaping up. tornado warnings overnight. where the biggest risk is today. caught on camera. a bright light blazing over several states. experts this morning talking about what it likely was and it's not a meteor. drone danger. look at this. on the slopes, a skier nearly taken out during a race. and we do say good wednesday
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morning, everyone. we'll start with the race for the president. the front-runners in both political parties showing no signs of blunting their attacks against each other. >> the latest volley between donald trump and hillary clinton is trump's twitter rant trying to explain what he meant when he used a sexually derogatory term while attacking clinton. >> the latest. kenneth moton is in washington with details right now. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, kendis and reena. no surprise, donald trump is not backing down. he says the quote dishonest mainstream media has it wrong. donald trump fired back at the media overnight for his use of a vulgar term to describe hillary clinton's 2008 loss. >> she was favored to win and she got [ bleep ]. she lost. i mean she lost. >> reporter: that bleeped word refers to the male anatomy described as a sexually degrading act. last night trump tweeted saying he meant clinton got beaten badly in the race and blamed the
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media. >> that's why it's important to stand up to bullies wherever they are. >> reporter: clinton didn't respond directly but bernie sanders did. >> donald trump is very upset, very hard for him to deal with. i don't know what his relationship with him has been in his life but he has discovered that women go to the bathroom. >> reporter: sanders making light of her bathroom during the abc news democratic debate. not the first time trump has insulted women, megyn kelly and carly fiorina made headlines earlier this year. >> a mark of a man who i believe has no respect for women, whatsoever report female supporters are sticking with trump. >> i don't think he's insulting to women. i think there is a lot of women out there that are very insulting to other women and to men out there. >> reporter: the latest national
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poll has trump still at the top with 28% of gop voters. but quinnipiac university says 6 in 10 women voters say they would be embarrassed to have trump as their commander in chief. reena and kendis. >> looking at that female vote very important. kenneth moton live in washington. thanks. >> we turn our gears and switch to our top story this morning. a record-breaking travel day colliding with record-breaking weather. >> 40 million americans are in the storm zone facing violent storms. high wind, torrential rains and feet of snow. take a look. this is what philadelphia international airport looks like at this hour where during this busy travel week, the weather has been having a domino effect canceling flights and thousands more. >> the weather radar shows the whole picture for the eastern half of the country. a couple of powerful fronts marching eastward. one in the midwest, the other blanketing just about everything south of pennsylvania. severe storms are hitting the deep south, even triggering tornado warnings overnight in
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mississippi and louisiana. abc's rob marciano tracking where the severe weather is expected today. >> reporter: the severe weather threat that starts in the arklatex and expands throughout the day across the midsouth, a wide spread with memphis in the bull's-eye. maybe tornadoes, as well, spread by extreme warmth. 62 in chicago. that's with rain and christmas eve over 70 in new york and records mr. be blown out. the eastern half will see wet interstates, the mountain west will see snow covered roads so be safe and travel slow. >> thank you so much, rob. and breaking overnight weather may have played a role in a plane crash in the san francisco bay area. officials have found the wreckage of a small plane in castro valley with a body inside. however, the terrain is too rough and the body has not been recovered. two firefighters received minor injuries while trying to reach the wreckage. recovery efforts will resume
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this morning. bowe bergdahl held by the taliban for five years made a brief appearance before a military judge. in his dress blues, this is the first look we've had of him since being handed over in a controversial prisoner swap in 2014 facing charges of deserting his unit. he did not enter a plea and makes another court appearance next month. we're learning more about the six americans killed during a suicide bomb attack in afghanistan on monday. among those killed was major adrianna vorderbruggen, a 38-year-old gay rights activist and mother from minnesota. the others included four staff sergeant and a technical sergeant. the taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack. >> we're also getting new details about the san bernardino shooters from the wife's immigration file. farook, we're learning was born in chicago and first connected with tashfeen malik on the internet before meeting farook's pilgrimage to mecca and became engaged the day they met.
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her file doesn't appear to support charges from some republicans that immigration officials failed to catch errors in her visa application. the woman charged in the deadly hit-and-run crash on the las vegas strip makes her first court appearance this morning. lakeisha holloway is facing charges of murder, child abuse and leaving the scene of an dent. her defense attorney says he expects her to plead not guilty. she told police she was stressed before intentionally driving onto the crowded sidewalk. just a few years ago she was honored in oregon for turning her life around. several remain hospitalized. an alleged hacker to the stars is facing disciplinary action. the 23-year-old from the bahamas was busted for trying to sell movie scripts as well as personal information and sexually explicit videos of celebrities. such script hawkers are a common sight on the streets of new york but in this case u.s. immigration agents stepped in
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after getting a tip from an unnamed radio host. a mishap for the secret service. items stolen from an agent's car. >> falling from the describe a drone almost hits a skier. streaking across the night sky spotted from las vegas to southern california, so what exactly is this gentleman?
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people from the california coast to las vegas and arizona saw this mysterious bright light in the sky last night. the image going viral on social media. a christmas miracle? experts say no, likely a piece of space junk, a member of the
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protective division had his gun, badge, radio and handcuffs stolen from his personal car. it was parked not far from secret service headquarters in washington, d.c. the agent could face disciplinary action. new census figures are out. can you guess the state with the biggest population growthy if you guessed in the south it would be wrong. north dakota is number one thanks to a booming oil industry. the population at an all time high at just over 756,000. colorado, the district of columbia, nevada, florida and texas round out the top five. >> so moving to north dakota. >> pack your bags. new york city department of consumer affairs finds women are paying more for everyday products, examles from the report, this scooter take a look, the male version, $25 less and these razors, $3.50 more for women. and the same shirt, here, as well, $30 more for the female version. women's products carried higher
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price tags 42% of the time. starbucks has your back. they predict to break a record and expect to sell more gift cards than ever as last-minute gifts beating last year's 2.5 million cards sold on christmas eve. more than half of us say we'd like to receive a gift card and they've sold $25 billion worth of them during the past 15 years. hint, hint, partner, on this shift. >> no problem. a $2 starbucks gift certificate for you. >> you can't even get a coffee for $2. >> true. you got to see this a college basketball player with one arm with an amazing accomplishment overnight. miss colombia, new comments on steve harvey's major mistake. what she is saying now.
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this is probably one of the last places you'd expect to see a coyote. it was spotted inside a terminal at the myrtle beach airport in south carolina, it ran across the ticket check-in area before animal control stepped in, subdued it with a taster. morning road conditions wet across the pacific northwest. heavy snows will make for slippery driving across the inner mountain west and nearly the entire eastern half of the country will be blanketed by rain and even flooding conditions in the south. flying, airport delays possible in memphis, new orleans, atlanta, charlotte, the
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district of columbia, new york -- just everywhere. just take a look. it'll be bad. panicked shoppers ran for cover when gunfire erupted at a mall on new york's long island. >> a suspect tried to rob a high-end store. the gun went off striking an employee. when people heard that shot they feared a terror attack. >> it was like pure pandemonium. everybody was running. tell you the truth once i seen everybody running i started running. >> the suspect was quickly taken down with the help of an off-duty new york city police officer who happened to be shopping. the injured mall employee is expected to be okay. robert durst will return to los angeles this summer for a trial on murder charges. the real estate heir is accused of killing a writer to keep her from cooperating with an investigation into the disappearance of his wife. his attorneys say he didn't kill the writer and doesn't know who
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did but first -- but his trial on federal weapons charges has to be wrapped up in louisiana. we've got dramatic images as a worker is pulled from the rubble 60 hours after being buried by massive landslide in china. rescue workers say the man was able to give his name before being rushed to the hospital where he underwent surgery. the survivor had been trying to escape when a door panel fell creating a space for him to a multistory building. >> wow. the nfl is denying a or the that it's backed out of funding a study about brain injuries. espn quoted sources reporting that the league is withholding millions of dollars of funding for research being done at boston university. according to the report, the nfl had raised concerns about the objectivity of a professor who would be leading the research, but a new statement says the nfl is willing to pay $16 million for the study. the league has been criticized
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for its handling of concussions. okay, staying with sports i guess a little bit, it was very close call for an alpine skier during a race in italy. marcel hirscher on the slalom was nearly struck by a drone. >> it was carrying a tv camera when it crashed on the snow. wow. hirscher wasn't affected but afterward called it horrible. new york giants warriors dekker odell beckham jr.'s appeal will be heard. as for last night college hoops action, we get it from espn. >> welcome to our "sportscenter" set in los angeles. along with neil everett, i'm stan verrett. >> he's got the better sweater. i got the better story. >> two chainz gave me this. true story. >> check this out. hod
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hod hod hodgekins born with one hand. look at the fellas. man, that's just awesome. prior to this he was 0 for 5 in his gator career. basket and the foul. missed the freebie. still, you'll remember that. you're getting ready to go to work and talk to the people at the water cooler. man, that kid from florida, that's cool, man. >> michigan state, taking on oakland. oakland has a gray player, khalil felder. less than 30 seconds to go, oakland down four. knocks down the three. oakland down by just one, michigan state playing without valentine. going to be out for a couple of weeks with a knee injury. deonte davis with the putback. michigan state up by one. forbes made sure that sparty finished the job, 32 for him, a career high as michigan state
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takes it 99-93. so they got some options you can see if -- well, valentine is out. >> and oakland is pretty good too so they gave them a good game. >> that's it. happy holidays to you. back to you. >> how do i get my twochainz severe weather. >> he has pull somewhere i guess. by the way, the holiday spirit was lacking last night when the blues and bruins got together on the ice in boston. >> so announcer jack edwards did what he could as two players dropped the gloves. ♪ we wish you a merry christmas we wish you a merry christmas ♪ >> that's funny. >> jack edwards of the new england sports network singing along to this and kind of fits. tyler randall battles ryan reeves and the blues won the game, 2-0. >> i guess that doesn't work when talking about politic,
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right? can't be singing that between donald trump and hillary clinton. >> nothing merry about that. the new list showing the most overpaid actors. >> new this morning details emerging about steve harvey's contract with miss universe after his epic fail.
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♪ all right, let's check "the pulse," shall we? and new developments in the mess at the miss universe pageant. >> well, believe it or not steve harvey is set to host the pageant for at least three more years. "entertainment tonight" says he signed the contract a few days before his embarrassing mistake when he crowned the wrong winner. >> signed it beforehand. i guess that is the key. miss colombia is weighing in on
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being miss universe for only a few minutes. she thanked people for their messages of support and says the goof has brought attention to her country, oh, and she says, quoting here, her deep thoughts, life continues and in the future we will find out why things happen the way they happen. >> i love that. you know, i said this yesterday, i thought both handled it with such grace, these right. great thing, spotlight is still on her. great things will happen for her. >> perez hilton said the things we didn't see off camera, she was a diva. >> yeah and that she was giving the side eye to her translator throughout the entire evening throwing serious shade -- >> i have faith in those two women. johnny depp being considered the most overpaid actor in hollywood according to forbes list of overpaid movie stars based on the magazine's calculations, the actor's movie returned $1.20 for every dollar he was paid. depp was, you remember, box
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office gold as captain jack sparrow in "pirates of the caribbean" franchise but in recent movies not so much. >> followed by denzel washington. he brought in $6.50 for every $1 he was paid and coming in third is funny man will ferrell. >> all right. and jennifer lawrence the most underpaid actress out there. this is shaping up to be one seriously weird christmas in the northeast. record high temperatures and now robotic reindeer. >> the work of boston dynamic which make robots. it's the latest from the subsidiary. santa only needs three of them to pull the sleigh not eight and you don't have to clean up after them either. >> maybe you should leave a battery charger with santa's milk and cookies. >> those just look odd. which one is rudolph? >> i think the last one with the red nose. >> more news after this. i'm mary ellen, and i quit smoking with chantix.
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>> ♪ >> good morning, i'm tamala edwards. it's wednesday, december 23rd here's what's next on "action news." a damp and foggy start to your day look out on sky6 over the airport. meteorologist, david murphy is tracking a lot more rain as the day goes on. we're live on what will be a busy travel day for a number of people out there. we have expert opinions on the times you should avoid heading out onto the road. a clerk's message to employees inside a philadelphia pizza shop. we've got those stories, a check of traffic and a lot more. it's all up next on "action news." >> ♪ on what was one of the longest nights of the year, the skies lit up over florida with a milestone for private space travel. >> you might say one small step for man, one giant leap towards the stars. abc's david kerley has the
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story. >> two, one. zero. we have liftoff. >> reporter: this is spacex's return to flight after its last rocket blew up but this mission was to prove more than delivering 11 small satellites to space. this was about returning the main rocket, the first stage, to earth and land it to be reused. >> the first stage is returning to land. >> reporter: finally spacex workers at the california headquarters and at cape canaveral could see it returning. >> the falcon has landed. >> that was so awesome. >> reporter: spacex's ceo and tesla magnate elon musk called the reusable rockets one of the keys to going to mars. he got an up close look shortly after the falcon 9 first stage landed. but musk is not alone. there is a new space race, a private company space race under way call it the battle of the
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billionaires. a month ago this blue origin rocket stage landed after a test launch. a victory for that company's founder, amazon a jeff bezos. at the time musk needled him tweeting congratulations but adding there is a, quote, difference between space and orbit. the back and forth continued with bezos offering congrats to musk adding welcome to the club so the battle continues but for the first time rockets are reusable making reaching space even more affordable. david kerley, abc news, washington. >> very big accomplishment. >> yeah, billionaires and their toys. >> well, that's what's making news in america this morning. >> stay with us for "good morning america." have a great wednesday. good luck shopping, folks.
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>> ♪ >> "action news." delaware valley's leading news program. with matt o'donnell, tamala edwards, karen rogers and meteorologist, david murphy. >> ♪ >> good morning. here's what's happening on this wednesday, december 23rd. >> people going elsewhere for the holidays today could face soaking rains and foggy conditions. >> philadelphia police reviewinged in a deadly shooting that happened overnight. >> the body of a montgomery county airman killed in afghanistan is expected to arrive at dover air force base today. >> good morning, it's 4:30 on this wednesday. we're two days away from chris matches the "action news" team has a look at what you can expect as many people get ready for a holiday journey. >> meteorologist, david murphy is tracking accuweather, matt pelman

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